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Six healthy Christmas recipes

Christmas is the most tempting time of the year, but it doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Everything in moderation of course but here are six Christmas sides that are a healthier option to try this year: 

 

Roast potatoes and brussels sprouts are a popular Christmas side to enjoy as they are healthy and delicious. Brussels sprouts are low in calories but high in many nutrients including fibre, vitamin C and vitamin K.

 

Spiced red cabbage is a colourful dish that will compliment any festive main course. Red cabbage is packed with minerals and vitamins with one being vitamin C, which leads to a healthy heart. If you have any leftovers, drizzle with olive oil and serve with a piece of grilled meat or fish. 

 

Sticky maple roots are a healthy side dish to have on the table this Christmas and they are made even better by lightly caramelising and adding herbs. Root veggies are especially rich in soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to boost our gut health. These sticky maple roots are sure to go down a treat.

 

Vegan gingerbread cookies are a tasty snack and Christmas tradition many of us grew up eating. With the reputation of being a naughty treat, you can still indulge in these cookies but with healthier recipes. Vegan gingerbread cookies are a great alternative to bake if vegan or wanting to be a little more health conscious over the holidays. 

 

Sage, onion, and sausage stuffing balls makes for a glorious Christmas side dish, this recipe can be made in advance to reduce stress on the big day. You can easily make your recipe gluten-free or vegetarian.

 

Vegan mince pies use filo pastry so are seriously quick and easy to make. Just make sure you get vegan mincemeat!

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